- The Canadiens skated at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Thursday morning in preparation for their Friday night tilt against the Los Angeles Kings at the Bell Centre.
- Defenseman P.K. Subban did not take part in Thursday’s on-ice session as he was suffering from flu-like symptoms. Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed, however, that he should be good to go against the Kings on Friday.
- In Subban’s absence, Andrei Markov’s D partner was assistant coach Jean-Jacques Daigneault, who patrolled NHL blue lines himself for 10 different teams over the course of his playing career. Nathan Beaulieu lined up alongside Tom Gilbert, while Alexei Emelin skated with Sergei Gonchar.
- Therrien did not feature any changes to his forward lines at practice, keeping the lines that were used against the Canucks back on Tuesday night intact.
- In his post-practice press conference, the Canadiens' bench boss indicated that defenseman Bryan Allen, who is currently sidelined due to illness, was kept away from the team for precautionary reasons. He should, however, rejoin the team over the weekend.
- For a second straight day, injured forward Lars Eller hit the ice prior to the start of practice with athletic therapist Vincent Roof-Racine. On Wednesday, the Canadiens announced that Eller would be sidelined for 1-2 weeks with an upper-body injury.
Lines and D pairings at practice:
Gallagher – Galchenyuk – Pacioretty
Sekac – Plekanec – Andrighetto
Parenteau – Desharnais – Bournival
Weise – Malhotra – Prust